Marin County parks, beaches reopen to vehicles

Campers line the parking area at Dillon Beach near Bodega Bay. Sonoma County has begun allowing vehicles once more at its beaches and parks, where traffic had been restricted during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

Starting June 2, visitors to Marin County parks, beaches and open space preserves are once again able to drive and park there as part of efforts to reopen facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county’s public health officer, Dr. Matt Willis, issued a new public health order on Friday that lifts previous restrictions on motorized access to parks and beaches in Marin.

The new order supersedes a May 15 order and provides cities with the authority to limit or prohibit motorized access as appropriate.

Park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, such as playgrounds, gym equipment and picnic areas, will remain closed.

Although the parks order was loosened, Marin’s facial coverings order is still in effect. The county health department recommends frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, staying home when showing symptoms of illness, limiting unnecessary travel around the county and greater Bay Area, and continuing to physically distance at least 6 feet from someone from outside a person’s household.

More information about the county’s public health orders is available online.

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